Regional and Economic Development
About 78 % of Ethiopia’s population lives in rural areas. However, this share is declining rapidly, with an annual growth rate of urban settlements of 4.7%. In most parts of the country, there is an unregulated expansion of settlement area. The government’s objective of achieving the status of a middle-income country reinforces this trend. At the same time, the gov-ernment promotes investment in land for agricultural production. Com-bined with high population growth of 2.6% (2019), these factors are lead-ing to increasing competition for land areas.
In the absence of effective participatory mechanisms beyond the local level, there is only very limited consideration given to the interests of the local population, private sector, civil society groups, disadvantaged and/or vulnerable groups.
Additionally, there’s a lack of competence to define planned, transparent rules and procedures for ILUP that comply with human rights standards. The technical equipment and capacities of relevant national and regional authorities is inadequate. There is a lack of training capacity for academic education and vocational training related to spatial planning, and partici-pation mechanisms are inadequate for all stakeholders.
The Integrated Land Use Planning project in Ethiopia is a program commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
The overall aim of the project is to improve the institutional and regulatory framework for integrated land use planning at national level and in selected regions in accordance with international human rights standards.
AMBERO-AHT is specifically implementing activities for Outputs 2 and 3, which aim to strengthen the capacities of public authorities and other stakeholders to apply planning procedures in line with international human rights standards, as well as to improve training and further education opportunities for professionals in integrated land use planning at various professional levels.
The contractor provides advisory contributing to the project objective along the following project phases with its key tasks: